Ingrid Irigoyen serves as the Deputy Director of the Aspen High Seas Initiative. Her primary roles include new project development and leadership of existing workstreams related to sustainability and decarbonization of key elements of the ocean economy, marine conservation, and strategic advisory and facilitation services for partners striving to work collaboratively to address multi-sectoral ocean and coastal challenges.
Prior to joining Aspen, she was a Senior Mediator and Program Manager at Meridian Institute, where she devoted 13 years to the design, management, and facilitation of collaborative efforts to to solve environmental and sustainability problems, with a special focus on oceans and coasts. Ingrid has experience with coalition and consensus building, strategy development, facilitation of multi-year, multi-stakeholder collaborations, and organization of large conferences and high-level decision making meetings. Projects have ranged in geographic scale from sub-national to international levels, and addressed topics such as ocean science and conservation, oceans and climate change, sustainable fisheries management, seafood markets, aquaculture, integrated regional ocean planning, offshore energy, and coastal resiliency and land management. Prior to this, among other positions, Ingrid was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her family. She speaks Spanish fluently.